Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Science

Provides the first two years of a student's engineering education. Articulation agreements guarantee admission to the final two years of engineering school at several universities to students who satisfactorily complete this degree and maximizes course transferability. The courses in this program are courses common in the first two years of an ABET-accredited engineering program, and HFC has worked closely with faculty at local engineering schools to make sure courses will transfer. The elective courses required for the various fields of engineering may vary slightly, and you should check with an engineering advisor to make sure that you are taking the correct series of courses for your intended field of engineering.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Solve engineering related problems by applying mathematical concept
  • Solve engineering related problems by applying principles of physics
  • Solve problems using concepts found in general chemistry
  • Evaluate problems and arguments using quantitative methods of economics

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete 6 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG 131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  2. Complete 24 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  3. Complete 6 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Required Support Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Complete as many elective credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree. Students may be able to take additional coursework at HFC and transfer it to a 4-year institution.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Program Requirements

Additional Program Requirements: 

Requirements for different fields of engineering and schools vary. Students must consult with an engineering advisor to plan an appropriate course of study for the area of engineering and the college or university to which they intend to transfer.

The minimum requirement for earning the Associate in Science degree in Pre-Engineering is 60 credit hours. However, engineering schools will accept as many as seven additional courses from HFCC transfer students toward Bachelor of Science degrees in engineering. We encourage students to take advantage of this and to complete as many courses as they can transfer at HFCC.

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Math and Science Division • (313) 845-9631 • • Health Careers Education Ctr • Room: G-122

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor's degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Wayne State University
Career Opportunities: 

Engineering students can specialize in fields such as:

  • Aerospace
  • Biomedical
  • Chemical
  • Computer and electrical
  • Industrial
  • Mechanical
  • Civil, including structural, transportation, environmental, geotechnical, urban planning, and water resources.
  • The core engineering curriculum is fairly standard among accredited engineering schools; however, students should consult with an engineering advisor to determine which courses they should take, depending on the engineering discipline and the engineering school to which they will transfer.